The Kelowna Rockets fell 5-0 to the Tri-City Americans on Thursday night at Prospera Place in game one of round one of the 2018 WHL playoffs.
After a fast paced back and forth opening frame Morgan Geekie(1) opened the scoring for Tri-City with 4:38 remaining. The Americans held a 1-0 lead into the second period.
In the middle period Isaac Johnson(1) gave the Americans a 2-0 lead at 5:11. Controversy came at the end of the frame as Dillon Dube collided with Americans goaltender Patrick Dea. Dube was issued a five minute major for charging and ejected from the game with 10 seconds to play in the period. The score was 2-0 Tri-City after 40 minutes of play.
Under four minutes into the period and with 1:12 to go in the major penalty to Dube, Geekie(2) made it 3-0 on the power play. Michael Rasmussen(1) struck again on the same power play 23 seconds later to make it 4-0 Americans. Rasmussen(2) added another power play marker 1:59 later to give the Americans a 5 goal lead and that would be it for goal scoring as Tri-City takes game one 5-0.
James Porter stopped 27 of the 32 shots he faced as Kelowna outshot Tri-City 39-32.
Tri-City now leads the best-of-seven series 1-0.
Game two goes on Saturday, March 24th at 7:05pm at Prospera Place.
The full first round schedule is as follows:
|Game 1||Tri-City||@||Kelowna||Thursday, March 22||7:05|
|Game 2||Tri-City||@||Kelowna||Saturday, March 24||7:05|
|Game 3||Kelowna||@||Tri-City||Wednesday, March 28||7:05|
|Game 4||Kelowna||@||Tri-City||Thursday, March 29||7:05|
|Game 5 *||Tri-City||@||Kelowna||Saturday, March 31||7:05|
|Game 6 *||Kelowna||@||Tri-City||Sunday, April 1||5:05|
|Game 7 *||Tri-City||@||Kelowna||Tuesday, April 3||7:05|